Thursday, February 10, 2011

Getting to Know You: Important Possession

Last May, we discussed our most precious things here at Come In Character. Curiously, our answers ranged from weapons to family heirlooms to spiritual totems – and we all had different reasons for treasuring such items.

Given that several months have passed since then, it seems appropriate to rekindle this discussion.

So, authors and characters, what is your most important possession, and why?

Do you keep it locked away or carry it with you at all times? How long have you had it, and what would you do if someone – or something – tried to take it from you?

33 comments:

Olivia Harper said...

Wow, I can't believe I missed last year's discussion. How ever did that happen?

Honestly, though, this isn't an easy question to answer. Although I'd like to say that I'm above getting attached to things, I'm afraid that just wouldn't be true.

So many possessions mean the world to me... my easel, my wedding ring, my children's old toys, the kaleidoscope that my mother left behind when I was 15... it's hard to pick just one.

Still, living on a barrier island that's prone to hurricanes, I've had to consider the things that are most important to me - just in case a permanent evacuation becomes necessary. Besides my family, of course, I suppose that the thing I would most want with me is my special photo album. Of all the many albums we have, that's the one that has at least one image of every person who's ever meant something to me, and while I don't really need photos to remember them, it comforts me to look through it from time to time. So, it would be a hard thing to be without.

Olivia Harper said...

Oops, I just realized that I failed to answer all the follow-up questions about my most important possession. Well, no one ever accused me of following instructions. Right, honey?

Ahem, anyway, as for my special photo album, I keep it in my nightstand. I've had it since I was a child - and I've been adding photos to it ever since. And, though I don't think anyone else would find it as valuable as I do, I know I wouldn't handle it very well if someone stole it from me. While I'm normally a mild-mannered person, I can become easily enraged if crossed.

So, let that be a lesson to all you home invaders out there.

Candy said...

I don't have anything sentimental from my past, nothing I want to remember much I guess, so my most important possession is my great aunt's diary. It's the whole purpose of my life right now as I follow her footsteps - or love affairs, actually.
Oh, and of course my travelers cheques.

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Aidan said...

My bow. It's a custom recurve bow made by the best maker in the U.S. I used to compete with it. Now I kill demons with it.

I almost lost it in a fire once, but I got it out.

Marc said...

Not the ring, mate?

Aidan said...

I guess so. But I'm not going to lose it.

The chain is soldered shut. No clasp, and it's too tight to go over my head.

Jason said...

Aye, your guards just adore that you wear a trinket valuable to the enemy on a chain so short they'll have to take your head off to get at it.

Kaelin said...

It's better that way, Jase. He'd just lose it.

If I had to just pick on thing, it'd be my rifle.

And maybe my father's lighter.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Yes, Candy, travelers' checks are quite useful. Sure would make being on the road easier for me and Indy.

As for me, I second what my author said during last year's discussion - my most important possession is the medicine pouch I wear around my neck. I'd fight tooth and nail to keep someone from taking it.

Though, now that I think about it, I like Kaelin's answer... a rifle sure would come in handy sometimes. I mean, I'm glad that Indy has a bow - helps us eat every now and again - but a rifle would make me feel even safer.

Kaelin said...

It's a debate Aidan and I constantly have. We've just agreed to disagree which is better.

He's a terrible shot with a rifle.

Aidan said...

Bullets are harder to guide with my ken.

Kaelin said...

Yeah, you might have to actually practice, like regular people.

Aidan said...

Pffft. I'm too busy.

Gabe said...

Grace is the most important thing to me. Those gang members tried to take her away and I tore them apart. I'd have killed their leader if Grace hadn't stopped me. Heaven tried to take her away, and now I'm a free agent. I gave up everything for Grace, so she's all I have left.

Gabe said...

Aiden, that bow sounds very nice. My sword can't be taken, it's part of my powers instead of a separate weapon.

Marc said...

Who's Grace, mate? A girl? A dog?

Abigail said...

My most prized possession is my flute, which I care with me at all times. I've had my current one roughly four years, and if someone tried to take it...I guess it depends who it was.
(Author's note: Oh...you'll find out soon)

Gabe said...

Grace is a girl. A mortal. She was my charge as a guardian angel... now she's.. well, kind of housemates or something. It's complicated.

Nutmeg Cross said...

Complicated, huh? It usually is, Gabe. It usually is.

Aidan said...

Is she hot, Gabe? What's she look like?

Jason said...

I guess I'd count my wedding ring among my favorite possessions. I've been through so many houses and items and weapons in the past century and a half that none seem to hold my heart any longer. But my ring is all I've left of my wife, dead now over 20 years.

And Aidan, of course. I have trouble recalling he is his own man. He is still like a child to me.

Aidan said...

Um, thanks?

I'm not sure how to take that, Jase.

Marcus said...

He means to say you're like HIS child, mate. Not A child.

My car, I suppose. It's a Mustang fastback, an old one. I've worked on her for years and she's beautiful.

Michael Harper said...

I'm with my wife. This is a tough question to answer. I really like my boat - that must be said - but if I had a cool Mustang like Marcus, I'd find it difficult to choose.

Marc said...

Micheal you may take her for a spin anytime, mate. We've a boat as well but I've found theyre replaceable.

Jason. said...

And by Replacable my dear brother means "utterly sinkable".

Christine H said...

Neither of my main characters has anything like that. This gives me food for thought.

What *would* they keep?

Laura Martone said...

That's why I love CIC, Christine! I know I've learned a lot about my characters by doing these little exercises. So much more fun and lively than just mulling it over in my head!

Candy said...

I keep looking at that picture and thinking it's a casket! Whose possession could that be?

Laura Martone said...

It's more like a chest, Candy - in which important possessions might be kept.

But I see what you mean.

Of course, a casket could technically hold more than a dead body. It's been known to happen.

Aidan said...

They chained my mother in a lead casket to transport her when she was possessed by Asmodai. I'm sure sentinel still has it in case the same thing ever happens to me. that would be a possession I'd just soon they get rid of.

Samantha Harper said...

Ew. No kidding, Aidan. I wouldn't want such a thing around either.